Earthdance is an artist-run workshop, residency, and retreat center located in the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts.  We provide a dynamic mix of dance, somatic, and interdisciplinary arts training, with a focus on sustainable living, social justice, and community.  Earthdance has been spearheading innovative arts programming and maintaining a beautiful facility for rental groups in the Pioneer Valley for three decades.

With two FREE public classes June 18th & 19th

A weekend workshop with with Zoë Solomons & Daniel Bear Davis exploring the Axis Syllabus—an emergent pedagogical initiative that aims to build a system of references for the human body in movement.  Learn More & Register >>

 

 

Extend beyond a human-centered framework...

To what—or whom—might we extend the social? In this 2.5hr workshop, we will inhabit and invoke our responsive bodies to guide us into dialogue with the other-than-human world. We will primarily work outdoors. Local & regional community members, leaders, and organizers of all types are invited to participate in this FREE event! Learn More & Register >>

African/Arab Dances, Hip Hop, Brazilian Silvestre...

Donna Mejia's teaching practice defies categorization. Inventive fusion, hardcore rhythms, precision hip work, and attentive bodywork feed the mix. Don't miss this eclectic, electric workshop! Learn More & Register >>

A healing, cultural, and community experience...

Reaching back into our history and the legacy of black dance to move forward with greater awareness and power, the Rooted Essence 5-day residency and retreat for women of color ages 15-35 will explore our identity, inter-generational sisterhood, and the ministry of dance.  Learn More >>

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Upcoming Workshops & Trainings

June 18, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
The living human body is an ecosystem that mirrors planet earth, like a pool of water reflecting the intricate composition and interdependent systems of our planet. Can we hold, nurture, respect and journey in exploration of our body as nature and nature as our body? 
June 19, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
This workshop offers a gentle entry into central understandings of The Axis Syllabus, and gentle entries into and out of the ground. We will use improvisation and choreographed motifs to build informed and kind relation to our anatomy while gradually expanding our movement possibilities. We seek...
June 20, 2019 - 5:00pm to June 23, 2019 - 3:00pm
This weekend workshop finds inspiration in the beauty of natural forms—from the winding forest and fertile gardens to our own rich anatomical landscapes. We turn to our design, inherited from thousands of years of evolution, to seek movement in kind coherence with our physical structures. Through...

Upcoming Contact Improvisation Jams

June 23, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Join us for an Open Jam following our third Social Change Sundays training of the year! $10 - $20 sliding scale(Jam free with training) (Photo credit: Anna M. Maynard)
July 2, 2019 - 5:00pm to July 7, 2019 - 3:00pm
The July 4th Jam is one of Earthdance's biggest events of the year—an incredible time of joyful dancing, playing, and renewal for people of all backgrounds and ages. Workshops, classes, and jamming provide a supportive container to explore Contact Improvisation. This jam is particularly geared...
July 7, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Experience music & movement unfolding together in improvisation. Each month a new musician fills the space as we dance in playful exploration. All dance levels & styles are welcome. $15 - $20(No one turned away for lack of funds)           About the Musician